My 2013-2017 Podcasts Episodes

A curated episode list by oruk
Creation Date July 10th, 2018
Updated Date Updated July 3rd, 2019
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iOS 333: Be More Productive
Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone discuss iOS apps for your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV to make you more productive. Morning Reader lets you read the tech news in an uncluttered app on your iPad or iPhone. Stringify is like IFTTT, but lets you add more modifiers. Habitify helps you create better habits. The June Oven and app helps you make home-cooked meals while still being productive doing other things. Space lets you take a break from your apps and get more done. Hosts: Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone Download or subscribe to this show at can contribute to iOS Today by leaving us a voicemail at 757-504-iPad (757-504-4723) or sending an email to to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.
Episode 101: I’m Not a Monster
Listen as Jeff talks about snow, feeling fulfilled, and, of course, video games.


Down the Rabbit Hole
A journalist discovers a scarf with her byline imprinted in its design and embarks on an investigative journey to track down its makers; a former futures trader stumbles into her calling as an internet hoax buster with a specialty for empathizing with the perpetrators. Following your curiosity can lead you to some pretty interesting work, or at least a very good story. Follow along at and @slackstories. Let us know what you think of the show by leaving us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating or review in iTunes.
Tough Love
An outspoken corporate downsizer learns a harsh lesson after being surprised with her own exit package, and a loyal cop that has to choose between fighting the war on drugs and his criminal brother. Sometimes practicing tough love at work and at home isn’t always the best policy. Follow along at and @slackstories. Let us know what you think of the show by leaving us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating or review in iTunes. This episode also features Slack customer Sketchbook Skool - an online educator for illustrators and designers.
Grey Matter
We meet a woman teaching doctors good bedside manners by acting sick when she’s feeling perfectly fine; and a neuroscientist at odds with her own brain after she's diagnosed with schizophrenia. Follow along at and @slackstories. Let us know what you think of the show by leaving us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating or review in iTunes. This episode also features The Ecole Project —a live-in, student-run sustainable research institute affiliated with McGill University.
Finger Lickin'
We meet a chef who can't wait to walk away from her prestigious Michelin star rating and a web developer who singlehandedly orchestrated one of the biggest fast food comebacks his hometown has ever seen. Follow along at and @slackstories. Let us know what you think of the show by leaving us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating or review in iTunes. This episode also features Mathara Holdings, a family business operating out of Kiambu, Kenya.
1: Where's Richard? | Missing Richard Simmons
On February 15, 2014 Richard Simmons didn’t show up to teach the exercise class he had led for 40 years. He hasn't been seen in public since. Filmmaker Dan Taberski starts investigating the disappearance of his friend.
2: Stakeout | Missing Richard Simmons
Dan begins to explore the main theories about Richard’s disappearance. A lot of his friends think Richard may just be sitting in his house. So that's where we go.
3: The Maid and the Masseuse | Missing Richard Simmons
The two people closest to Richard at the time of his disappearance hate each other. This episode is about them. Plus, Dan investigates possible claims of a hostage situation and explains what’s up with Richard’s (still very active) social media presence.
4: "Till the Day I Die" | Missing Richard Simmons
We head to New Orleans, Richard’s hometown. From the food to the burlesque to the Southern religiosity, this city shaped young Dickie Simmons into the Richard we all know. It’s also where his brother lives. Dan tries to make contact.
5: O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Missing Richard Simmons
Dan talks to Lenny Simmons, Richard’s brother. Then he looks into some of the stranger, more personal aspects of being a Richard Simmons fan.
01. Slow Down
Warning – Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this Pondercast. Because it’s meant to help you slow down.  And slow down you will - I ended up flat out on the living room carpet by about Track #6.   You are going to hear a compilation album put together by Joshua Van Tassel and James Bunton called Slow Volumes One (01).  I’ll be there for you between tracks, taking your pulse and slowing down with you.  I hope if it works for you, you’ll pass this link along to someone you think could use a little slowing down too. You can buy the album here for any price – proceeds go to The Daily Bread Food Bank  which is lovely. 
02. Hour of the Wolf
Night Series Pt. 1 – Because our nights need more attention. Strange how we spend so much time thinking about how we spend our days - but let our nights unspool without much direction - or intention - from us. You will hear two stories about two very different kinds of nights.
03. Music – Find the Others
Listening Party – Find The Others is none other than Andy Sheppard, producer of The Signal. I want you to hear the entire record, and Andy graciously allowed me to bring it to you here. He also gave me a brand new remix of the title track for you to hear!
04. All About Gord
I'm back from a 6 week trip to England and now beginning to figure out what a post-CBC life is going to be like...and what life without Gord Downie is like. Back from a 6 week trip to England and now beginning to figure out what a post-CBC life is going to be like...and what life without Gord Downie is like.
05. Music – Metanoia
Listening Party – This episode is called Metanoia. What an intriguing word! All will be revealed as you listen to the latest album from Kelowna’s Andrew Judah. 
06. Solstice
Here we are – the longest night of the year. Here’s a Pondercast to send you off into your own solstice marking ritual.
Mary Catherine Bateson — Composing a Life
Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book “Composing a Life” has touched many. Since her childhood as the daughter of the iconic anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, she’s had an ability to move through the world as both an original observer and a joyful participant. Now in her 70s, she’s pondering — and living — what she calls the age of “active wisdom.” She sees longer life spans creating a new developmental stage for our species.
Cloud Cult — Music Is Medicine
The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it’s been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.” Less in question is the profound and life-giving force of its music. Cloud Cult’s trajectory was altered the day its co-founder and singer-songwriter, Craig Minowa, and his wife woke up to find that their two-year-old son had mysteriously died in his sleep. Live from our studios on Loring Park, we explore the art that has emerged ever since — spanning the human experience from the rawest grief to the fiercest hope.
Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?
The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names “a spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learned to ask the question, “Where does it hurt?” It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now, but it gets at human dynamics that we are living and reckoning with. A probing conversation at a convening of 20 theologians seeking to reimagine the public good of theology for this century.
Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space
In the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni was a revolutionary poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She had a famous dialogue with James Baldwin in Paris in 1971. As a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by the way of poetry after the shooting there. Today, she is a self-proclaimed space freak and a delighted elder — an adored voice to hip-hop artists and the new forms of social change this generation is creating.
John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty
No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human calling. He had a very Celtic, lifelong fascination with the inner landscape of our lives and with what he called “the invisible world” that is constantly intertwining what we can know and see. This was one of the last interviews he gave before his unexpected death in 2008. But John O’Donohue’s voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.
Maira Kalman — The Normal, Daily Things We Fall in Love With
To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by Maira Kalman’s illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style or a New York Times blog or her lovely books and her drawings about dogs. Her words and pictures bring life's whimsy and quirkiness into relief right alongside its intrinsic seriousness, its most curious truths.
Junot Díaz — Radical Hope Is Our Best Weapon
“From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.” These are the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. His hope is fiercely reality-based, a product of centuries lodged in his body of African-Caribbean suffering, survival, and genius.
Arnold Eisen — The Opposite of Good Is Indifference
“In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his legs were praying. Heschel’s poetic theological writings are still read and widely studied today. His faith was as much about “radical amazement” as it was about certainty. And he embodied the passionate social engagement of the prophets, drawing on wisdom at once provocative and nourishing.
Lisa Randall — Dark Matter, Dinosaurs, and Extra Dimensions
“When it comes to the world around us,” Lisa Randall has written, “is there any choice but to explore?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously operated more autonomously: astronomy, biology, and paleontology. She’s pursuing a theory that “dark matter” might have created the cosmic event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs — and hence humanity’s rise as a species. We learn what she’s discovering, as well as the human questions and takeaways her work throws into relief.
Internationally renowned chef Antonio Park can stand the heat. After fire ravaged two of his restaurants, the South Korean/South American Montrealer is expanding his culinary empire. But that has a cost.
Kahnawake-born filmmaker Tracey Deer brings the raw, funny and rarely explored experiences of women on the rez into the spotlight through her hit TV series, Mohawk Girls. Her place in her own community is now uncertain.
The Enforcer
From walking the beat in the 1970s to putting away Hells Angel Maurice "Mom" Boucher, retired head of the SPVM Major Crimes Unit André Bouchard casts a critical eye on shifts in Montreal's law enforcement culture.
The Survivor
His two-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer inspired Jamaican-Canadian rapper, producer and performer Jonathan Emile to take on social issues through art and activism.
The General Manager
Meg Hewings is the general manager of the city's first professional women's hockey team, Les Canadiennes, checking gender stereotypes in Montreal's iconic sport.
The Prodigy
Saint-Lambert's Daniel Clarke Bouchard has played Carnegie Hall, The Ellen Show, studies piano at The Juilliard School and takes advice from Oliver Jones. All this, and he's just recently turned 17.
The Rabbi
As her temple's first female — and lesbian — rabbi, Lisa Grushcow's focus on inclusion, diversity, cross-cultural partnerships and modern motherhood challenges conservative religious traditions.
The Refugee
Award-winning novelist Kim Thúy has called Montreal home since making the harrowing journey from communist Vietnam by boat with her family in 1979.
Peter and Oliver in the Open
Art in the Open was wonderful. Again. In a new way. As it always is. My favourite part of it all was watching people amble—and ambling is truly the best word for it—across the fields and through the forest and around the campfires. The pace, the expressions on the face, it’s not like anything else: it’s not work, it’s not shopping, it’s not entertainment; it’s (only) art. It’s a sight to behold. When we say “I wish this lasted longer,” I think the amble is what we’re talking about. The disengaged engaged amble that allows the art to leak in when you’re not paying attention. I wish this lasted longer.
The Peter and Oliver Podcast: CBC Photo Shoot Edition
Sara Fraser at CBC Prince Edward Island asked me and Oliver for a photo of us recording a podcast. So we recorded a podcast. And we took some photos.
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen is a new restaurant in Charlottetown that’s moved into the space occupied for decades previous by the venerable Noodle House, which moved downtown recently. The building has received a long-deserved clean-up and renovation; the pervasive pink has been expunged, and replaced by shades of red. The place has never looked better. Oliver and I stopped in for lunch mid-afternoon yesterday. There being no vegetarian options evident on the menu, we asked our server for recommendations; she called the chef out to speak with us, and we took him up on his suggestion of spicy eggplant and tofu over rice. The result was very good; indeed it may have been the first palatable version of eggplant I’ve ever been served. They’re starting off slowly at Summer Kitchen, waiting for additional staff to arrive before they step on the accelerator. Now might be the best time for you to stop in for a meal, before it gets really popular, as I’m sure it will. Open every day except Tuesday. Our bill was $16 for two, which included a plate of vegetarian spring rolls to start.
We are here: a recitation
Oliver recites the poem We are here, turning the mundane into the delightful.

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